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We're pleased to welcome authors Ander Monson and Deb Olin Unferth to our At Home with Literati series! They'll read and talk with author Christine Hume.
Note: Zoom meetings are now automatically password protected with wait rooms enabled. The password is entered automatically by clicking the link if you are logged into a Zoom account. We will let guests in off the waiting list shortly after 7 and throughout the event. If you join late, hang in there, we'll let you in when we see you.
About Ander's recent books: The Gnome Stories focuses on characters who are loners in the truest sense; who are in the process of recovering from mental, physical, or emotional trauma; and who find solace--or at least a sense of purpose--in peculiar jobs and pursuits.
The idea of connection permeates I Will Take the Answer, Ander Monson's fourth book of utterly original and intelligent essays. How is our present connected to our past and future? How do neural connections form memories, and why do we recall them when we do? And how do we connect with one another in meaningful ways across time and space?
Deb Olin Unferth's Barn 8 recently came out in paperback! The wildly inventive novel is a heist story of a very unusual sort. Swirling with a rich array of voices, Barn 8 takes readers into the minds of these renegades: a farmer’s daughter, a former director of undercover investigations, hundreds of activists, a forest ranger who suddenly comes upon forty thousand hens, and a security guard who is left on an empty farm for years. There are glimpses twenty thousand years into the future to see what chickens might evolve into on our contaminated planet. We hear what hens think happens when they die. In the end the cracked hearts of these indelible characters, their earnest efforts to heal themselves, and their radical actions will lead them to ruin or revelation.
Ander Monson is the author of Other Electricities, a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and four essay collections, including I Will Take the Answer. He lives in Tucson, where he teaches at the University of Arizona.
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of six books, including the novel Barn 8. Her work appears in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Granta, Vice, and McSweeney’s. She has received a Guggenheim fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at the University of Texas in Austin, and she runs a creative writing workshop called the Pen City Writers at a prison in south Texas.